DISINFO: Russia is the most liberal country where everyone has the opportunity to speak
DISINFORMATION CASE DETAILS
  • Outlet: radiovesti.ru (archived)*
  • Date of publication: July 26, 2019
  • Outlet language(s): Russian
  • Reported in: Issue 159
  • Countries / regions discussed: Russia
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Media Russian world

DISINFO: Russia is the most liberal country where everyone has the opportunity to speak

SUMMARY

Russia is the most liberal country where everyone who is not lazy has the opportunity to speak. Meanwhile, in the advanced so-called Western countries, media are closed and they don’t accredit those who don’t please them.

RESPONSE

Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative aimed at portraying the West as depraved, and Russia as the superior country. According to the 2019 World Press Freedom Index, Russia is in 149th place out of 180 countries. "Leading independent news outlets have either been brought under control or throttled out of existence. As TV channels continue to inundate viewers with propaganda, the climate has become very oppressive for those who question the new patriotic and neoconservative discourse, or just try to maintain quality journalism. More journalists are now in prison than at any time since the fall of the Soviet Union and more and more bloggers are being jailed", the report claims. Furthermore, according to Freedom House, Russia is not free country. "Pervasive, hyper-patriotic propaganda and political repression, particularly since the Russian forces’ invasion of Ukraine in 2014, have had a cumulative impact on open and free private discussion, and the chilling effect is exacerbated by growing state efforts to control expression on the internet. The government’s surveillance capabilities have increased significantly in recent years, and while most citizens are not subject to regular state supervision, authorities are thought to monitor the activities and personal communications of activists, journalists, and opposition members, according to the human rights organisation Agora".

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